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June 22, 2018
Cory Booker Teams with Mazie Hirono and Tammy Duckworth, Ricardo Rosselló Meets with the President, and Nikki Haley Slams UN Report
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PLIGHT DELAYThe House rejected a hard-line immigration bill on Thursday and delayed until next week a vote on a Republican compromise measure that also seems headed for defeat. The president tweeted this morning that Republicans should stop “wasting their time” trying to pass immigration legislation until after the midterms. BIPARTISAN BEDFELLOWSSenators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) are trying to hash out a compromise that shields families from being separated and can win a strong majority in the Senate. MISSING CHILDREN… Officials say about 500 migrant children of the 2,300 who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border have been reunited since May. Federal agencies say they are working to set up a centralized reunification process for the remaining separated children and their families at the Port Isabel Detention Center just north of the border in Texas. BABY BASESThe Defense Department will house up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on military bases in coming months. Health and Human Services asked whether beds could be provided for children at military installations “for occupancy as early as July through December 31, 2018.” The Barack Obama administration housed about 7,000 unaccompanied children on three military bases in 2014. I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U? First Lady Melania Trump’s jacket caused quite a racket as she was en route to Texas to visit the U.S.-Mexico border, where immigrant children are currently being held. THE FARMER AND THE BILL… A polarizing farm bill narrowly passed the House on Thursday. Under the proposal, adults will have to spend 20 hours per week either working or participating in a state-run training program to receive food stamps and other benefits. Some of these provisions will be dead on arrival in the Senate. BALLOT BANRhode Island’s state Senate passed a bill this week that would keep candidates off the presidential ballot in their state if they don’t release five years' worth of tax returns. They’re looking at you, 45. MAD DOG 2020Religious leaders and former judges filed a complaint on Wednesday asking the DC Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to revoke the Trump International Hotel’s liquor license because of Donald Trump’s character. Speaking of character... THE CONNERSABC is officially moving forward with a spinoff of Roseanne without the controversial star Roseanne Barr. NAWLINSFormer First Lady Michelle Obama is headed to New Orleans today to kick off the 2018 annual conference of the American Library Association. No word on if she’ll wear a jacket that reads, “I care.” THE BLACKSONIAN WELCOMES WAKANDAThe Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture announced the museum had acquired pieces from the Black Panther film set to be displayed during the iconic museum's inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival in October. We made it to Friday! We’re kicking off the weekend with this…
  • Capitol Hill and Barack Obama alums launch athletes and artist nonprofit.
  • Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) wants to expand religious school choice plan.
  • Charlamagne Tha God is heading to HBO.
  • Harvard’s Shorenstein Center taps new Executive Director.
  • Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) wants funding to beef up election security.
  • Flint, MI is still without clean drinking water.
  • The cost of banking while Black and brown is expensive.
Univisión’s Heidi Renpenning and NALEO Executive Director Arturo Vargas on-set in Arizona discussing the 35th annual #NALEOConf18 happening this weekend.
BET’s Robin Thede, Viacom’s Maya Peterson, Sid Lee Studio’s San Rahi, and Humin’s Jonathan Shriftman on Wednesday at the #CultureofProximity panel at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France.
Mazie Hirono, Tammy Duckworth, and Cory Booker Join Coalition of Senators to Intro Bill Targeting Family Detention Centers
Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) on Thursday introduced a bill targeting family detention and the harsh and inhumane conditions of immigration detention centers that the Department of Homeland Security uses to house thousands of immigrants. They are joined in the effort by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Ron Wyden (D-OR). The bill is a Senate companion to a House bill introduced in October by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA). The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act would significantly restrict family detention, preventing the federal government from expending resources to detain immigrants except in instances where immigrants pose a flight risk or a risk to public safety. The bill also ends the use of private prisons to detain immigrants, sets humane standards for detention facilities, strengthens the inspection and monitoring of facilities in order to crack down on abuses, and better protects the civil rights of immigrant detainees. Booker stated, “America is at its best when we welcome immigrants fleeing oppression, famine, or injustice. Yes, our borders must be secure, but our immigration policies also need to reflect our American values.” Hirono added, “People coming to this country, fleeing violence, and looking for a better life must be treated humanely.” And Duckworth weighed in saying, “It is unacceptable that not only has the Trump administration spent weeks ripping children away from their parents, but they have also forced children and families into inhumane and shameful detention camps. Our bill will hold the Department of Homeland Security accountable and ensure immigrant and refugee families are treated humanely and no longer torn apart or indefinitely detained.” More here.
Ted Cruz Wants to Expand Religious School Choice Savings Plans
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) 
on Thursday introduced legislation to expand 529 College Savings Plans to include K-12 elementary and secondary school expenses for public, private, and religious schools, including homeschool students. The Student Empowerment Act builds on Cruz’s Student Opportunity Amendment, which Congress passed and the president signed into law in December 2017, by allowing all students -- including public, private, religious, and homeschool students -- to use 529 savings accounts to cover eligible educational expenses, such as tutoring, standardized testing fees, and educational therapies for students with disabilities. “This bill rights that wrong, by re-including homeschool families as equally eligible to use a 529 savings account for educational expenses, to ensure that all families are able to use these tax-advantaged accounts to pay for their child’s elementary and secondary education,” Cruz said. More here.

Bob Menéndez Wants Money for States to Beef Up Election Security
Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ)
, the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Thursday introduced the Protecting the Right to Independent and Democratic Elections (PRIDE) Act to establishes an election security grant program under which the Department of Homeland Security awards grants to states to implement or improve the use of auditable paper ballots; conduct post-election risk-limiting audits; or implementing cybersecurity standards and best practices. “Russia’s blatant interference in our elections was an attack on our democracy and our nation.  What’s even more troubling are reports that the Russian government is attempting to meddle in the 2018 midterms,” said Menéndez. “We need to do everything we can to protect the integrity of our elections and the ability of American citizens to choose their leaders and representatives—the very essence of our democracy. The PRIDE Act helps states take important steps to secure their voting systems, registration rolls and ballots to ensure the will of the people is properly heard.” According to published reports, there was “substantial evidence” developed by the U.S. intelligence community that Russian operatives had compromised the websites and databases of seven states -- Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas, and Wisconsin -- prior to the 2016 election. More here.

Kamala Harris Intros Bill Aimed at Protecting Coastlines
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)
on Tuesday introduced the Living Shorelines Act to sustain coastal ecosystems and help communities protect their coastlines. Along with Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Harris led a group of colleagues in the legislation, which would create a $25 million grant program under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for nature-based shoreline protection projects known as living shorelines. Living shorelines are a type of green infrastructure that protects and stabilizes coastal edges by using natural materials such as plants, sand, shell, or rock. And unlike a concrete seawall or other artificial structure, living shorelines can grow over time, allowing them to adapt to changing conditions. “Our nation’s coasts must be fortified to ensure both a sustainable environment for generations to come and livable communities that can withstand the effects of climate change,” Harris said. “Living shorelines are the type of infrastructure advantage we can invest in today that can pay huge dividends down the road.” More here

DNC Vice Chair and NY Assemblymember Michael Blake on Wednesday with fellow state representatives protesting the Trump administration at the NY State Capitol building.
Actress and activist Eva Longoria on Sunday rooting for two before Mexico’s World Cup game. She welcomed a baby boy on Tuesday!
Nikki Haley Scoffs at UN Report Highlighting Poverty in U.S.
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley
sharply criticized a new report from the United Nations on extreme poverty in the United States as “misleading and politically motivated” and questioned the very idea that the UN Human Rights Council would investigate poverty in America. The report, written by Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, highlights the 40 million Americans currently living in poverty, including millions living in what the report describes as “Third World conditions of absolute poverty.” The report also concluded that the Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion in tax cuts “overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy and worsened inequality.” The U.S. is the only country in the world that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a treaty that protects the economic, health, and social rights of children. “It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America," Haley wrote. “In our country, the President, Members of Congress, Governors, Mayors, and City Council members actively engage on poverty issues every day. Compare that to the many countries around the world, whose governments knowingly abuse human rights and cause pain and suffering.” Haley’s remarks came two days after she announced the U.S. was pulling out of the UN Human Rights Council, criticizing it as “protector of human rights abusers and a cesspit of political bias.” More here.

Flint Still Without Drinkable Water -- Lead Levels Still the Same
The people of Flint, MI have gone more than four years without a clean and stable water system in their city. The latest preliminary testing results show that the lead levels in the water have remained unchanged from the last six months of 2017, and the state has given notice that it is handing the responsibility for water testing back to the city. City water officials filed certified documents that claimed they only submitted water samples from homes where residents were at the highest risk of lead poisoning but later acknowledged the samples were collected randomly. The practice may have led the city and state to underestimate for months the extent to which lead was leaching into Flint's water. More here.

President Says Puerto Rico Received “A Lot” of Federal Help Following Hurricane Maria
Puerto Rico has been “helped a lot” by the federal government according to Donald Trump. The president made the comment on Thursday to Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló during a lunch with Governors -- Rosselló was the only Democrat present. Trump also “joked” that he would support statehood for Puerto Rico -- Puerto Ricans have chosen twice in the past five years to not be a territory anymore and it’s a cause which Rosselló supports -- if the island promised to elect two Republican Senators. The president’s tone-deaf comments come after a Harvard study found that the island’s government greatly underestimated the death toll in Puerto Rico from the storms by more than 70 times the territorial government's official estimate -- the total could be as high as 5,000. Thousands of Americans on the island still do not have power, more than nine months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Trump also said that Rosselló took advantage of the damage from the hurricane to seek federal funds to rebuild a power plant, saying “Ricardo inherited a power plant that was virtually useless and it was in bankruptcy ... He was very brilliant. He blamed the hurricane for destroying the power plant.” The island’s government has never said that the storm had destroyed a power plant, though the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has been embattled for years. The president has previously complained about the cost of the post-Hurricane Maria efforts in Puerto Rico and has intimated corruption on the island. More here.

Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) on Wednesday meeting with aspiring women politicos at Running Start's Young Women's Political Leadership Program in DC.
Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) joined by José and Alcides on Wednesday in DC standing up for children who have been separated from their parents.
DNC Invests $1.2 Million in Turning Out People of Color in November
The DNC is investing $1.2 million to hire community organizers targeting Black, Latino, Asian American, Millennial, and rural voters. The plan, split across 16 states, also introduces a new database that seeks to identify 25 million likely Democratic voters who are currently unregistered and seemingly removed from the political process. Party insiders say it is likely the largest and most comprehensive effort ever to motivate minority voters in a midterm election year. “We are investing in our base communities, which are the heart of the Democratic Party, and putting organizers on the ground across the country because we know that’s the only way we’ll win,” said DNC Chair Tom Pérez. The plan will focus on mobilizing minority communities in Midwestern urban centers such as Milwaukee, Detroit, and St. Louis, which have sizable Black populations. Latino and Asian American communities will be the primary targets of organizing in the West and Southwest, and in the New England states of Maine and New Hampshire, Democrats will prioritize Millennial voters. “In certain times, the party has retreated from communities of color, but I think that page is now turned,” said President of the Latino Victory Fund Cristóbal Alex. Meanwhile, the RNC says they have hosted hundreds of events nationwide in an effort to pitch conservative policies such as the tax cut legislation and school choice to minority audiences. More here.

Native Americans Voters Disenfranchised 
While voting has never been easy for Native Americans living on reservations, in many ways it’s become even more difficult in recent years. Some states aren’t just ignoring the barriers to the ballot -- ThinkProgress reports that they’re actively making them worse. In states with large Native American populations, elected officials have cut voting hours and opportunities, refused to add places on reservations, eliminated language assistance services, and fought to keep Native voters into majority-white gerrymandered districts where they’d never get political representation. Arizona offers a vote-by-mail option in the state and with more voters casting ballots from their homes, the state is offering fewer opportunities for people to cast ballots in person. That’s a problem for Native Americans, who say they sometimes need their ballots translated in-person into non-written Native languages. Over the past five years, Native American voters and groups representing them have brought at least seven lawsuits in six states, accusing state and local governments of discriminating against Native American voters. With the exception of Arizona, legal challenges against changes to voting laws that disadvantage Native Americans have been successful in every state. Courts have sided with the voters in finding that the laws are discriminatory and violate Native Americans’ voting rights. But litigation is long, costly, and often out of the realm of possibility for remote populations with high rates of poverty and limited resources. The six successful lawsuits have lasted an average of more than 27 months before a successful remedy is reached, according to an analysis of court records, and advocacy groups have had to spend millions of dollars to get to favorable solutions. More here.

The Daily Show's host Trevor Noah with fellow cast members and writers backstage this week watching the World Cup.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) with constituents celebrating ‘Hawaii on the Hill’ in DC last week.
Obama and Capitol Hill Alumni Launch Artists and Athletes United for Social Change
Artists and Athletes United for Social Change (AAUSC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing celebrity engagement within the public policymaking process, launched on Thursday. The organization will provide celebrities with insight on pending public policy, as well as advise them on strategies they can use to activate their fans into action, according to a release from the nonprofit. Some of the key issues AAUSC will focus on include criminal justice reform, police-community relations, and civic engagement, among others. The new organization was co-founded by three politicos: Phillip Wallace, Emile Washington, and Antonio White. Wallace has spent the last decade managing government and political affairs for global organizations. The Southern University and A&M College-Baton Rouge graduate, who also has his Master’s from George Washington University, is the Senior Manager of Government Relations at Intellectual Ventures. Prior to that, he was the Government Affairs Manager for Hyundai, Manager of Government Affairs for the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, and a staffer on the Senate Small Business Committee. Washington has worked in government, grassroots organizing, and the entertainment industry, and is a Founder of 360 Complete Solutions, LLC. Previously, the Louisiana State University graduate worked as Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnership at RMS Interactive, as a Regional Field Director in Ohio for Barack Obama’s re-election, and on Capitol Hill as a Staff Assistant for former Congressman John Barrow and Special Assistant to former Senator Mary Landrieu. White was a Senior Advisor in the Obama administration, serving for four years at Treasury under then-Secretary Jack Lew. The Miami University graduate, who has his Master’s from Morgan State University, is also the Founding Principal at Beyond Ideas Group, a public affairs company. Prior to that, White was a Director at Hamilton Place Strategies. Meet the nonprofit here.

Ackerman Institute for the Family Names a New President and CEO
The Ackerman Institute for the Family, a training institute for family and couples therapy, recently named Gisselle Acevedo President and CEO. The 61-year-old has an extensive background and experience in the corporate and philanthropic sectors including the Los Angeles Times, AT&T Broadband, and the Los Angeles MTA. She also served as the President of the Los Angeles Times Foundation. The 1979 Immaculate Heart College graduate went on to earn two Master’s degrees -- one in education from California State University-Los Angeles and the other in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University after earning her law degree from Loyola Law School. She is the former President and CEO of Para Los Niños, an educational and social service organization which provides services to children and families in Los Angeles. Born in Costa Rica and fluent in both English and Spanish, Acevedo immigrated to the United States with her mother at the age of 12. “I am incredibly excited about having the opportunity to work with the Ackerman Institute for the Family’s dedicated group of family therapists, innovative researchers and leading edge faculty. I have spent the better part of my professional career supporting diverse families and communities and look forward to continuing the important work of the Institute,” she said. More here.

Harvard’s Shorenstein Center Taps Setti Warren as Executive Director 
Former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren has been named Executive Director of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Warren served as the first Black Mayor of Newton, MA for nine years until announcing his bid for Governor of Massachusetts. But, he dropped out of the race for Governor earlier this year, citing fundraising challenges. He attended Boston College where he was elected Student Body President. He held numerous positions in the Clinton White House from 1997-2000 and later enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 2003. Around the same time, he joined the presidential campaign of John Kerry, where he was his trip director. After the election, Warren became Deputy Director of Kerry's Massachusetts office and later completed law school at Suffolk University in 2006. In the past year, the Shorenstein Center has expanded to include new research initiatives on news quality, platform accountability and misinformation, news equity, and sustainable business models for news. Warren will begin in his new position July 9th. More here.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signing an Executive Order on Wednesday to stop Atlanta from accepting new ICE detainees into the city jail.
Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT) warming up to pitch in Wednesday’s Congressional Women’s Softball Game.
Michelle Alexander Joins NYT Opinion Section
Civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar Michelle Alexander is joining The New York Times as a Columnist in their Opinion section. Alexander is a Visiting Scholar with the Union Theological Seminary. In 2005, she won a Soros Justice Fellowship, which supported the writing of her first book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. In recent years, she has taught at a number of universities, including the Ohio State University Law School, where she held a joint appointment with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and Stanford Law School, where she also directed the Civil Rights Clinics. Prior to entering academia, Alexander served as the Director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California and worked as a litigator at private law firms including Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller, in Oakland, CA, where she specialized in plaintiff-side class-action lawsuits alleging race and gender discrimination. The Vanderbilt University and Stanford Law School graduate clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit following law school. She will begin writing for the NYT in September. More here.

Entertainment Journo Simone Boyce Joins NBC News Digital
NBC News Digital has tapped 30-year-old Simone Boyce as a new host for upcoming digital video initiatives. The University of Florida graduate previously served as a General Assignment Reporter with KTLA 5 News in Los Angeles, in addition to a correspondent for Mic and a contributor on The Young Turks. Prior to joining KTLA 5, the Pasadena native was an entertainment anchor at FOX 5 News in New York City. While at FOX, she debuted her own half-hour show Simone in the City which she hosted and executive produced celebrity interviews, things to do and places to see in New York City. After witnessing the popularity of the WGN America series Underground, she wrote and produced a documentary about the little-known history of the Underground Railroad in New York City. She has several on-air credits to her name as a producer, correspondent and anchor for Access Hollywood, EpixHD, GameStop TV, Clevver Media, GlobalGrind, Celebs.com, and has also made an appearance on the hit show, Orange is the New Black. More about her here.
Charlamagne Tha God Heads to HBO
Radio and TV personality Charlamagne Tha God is headed to HBO. The cable network has ordered four hour-long interview specials hosted by the 39-year-old entertainer. The Gray Area with Charlamagne Tha God is set to debut later this year but, so far, there is no information about guests or topics. Guy Code alum Charlamagne will executive produce the specials with Karen Kinney. Charlamagne is co-host of the nationally syndicated hip-hop iHeartRadio program, The Breakfast Club. In addition to Guy Code, his TV credits include Guy Court, Girl Code, and Uncommon Sense -- all on MTV2. “I feel extremely blessed to be able to announce my official partnership with HBO on a new conversation series which will provide a safe space for ‘unsafe’ people to curate their stories and control their own narratives,” said Charlamagne. “The reality is, when it comes to people’s stories, it’s not black or white, it’s always an area that’s a shade of gray and that’s usually where the lies end and the truth begins, and this show will give those people an opportunity to share their truth. Thank you to my new television home, HBO and all praise is due to God.” More here.

Republican strategist Paris Dennard last Thursday at the annual charity Congressional Baseball Game in DC.
Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA) hard at work in the Rules Committee, but ready for Wednesday's Congressional Women’s Softball Game.
Black and Brown Banking is Expensive, Report Finds
A report from New America released Thursday highlights small community banks whose small scope have allowed them to largely escape scrutiny when it comes to discriminatory practices. The researchers found that Black neighborhoods require an average minimum opening deposit of $81, compared to $69 in white neighborhoods. It also tends to be more expensive to maintain an account in a Black neighborhood, where banks require an average minimum balance of $871 to avoid fees. The required minimum balance is $749 in Latino neighborhoods and drops to $626 in white neighborhoods. Checking accounts generally serve as an entry into the economy. The higher costs can have far-reaching consequences for Black and Latino families, who typically earn less than their white counterparts. The average white consumer needs to keep 28% of a paycheck deposited to avoid a fee or account closure. For African Americans, it's 60% and for Latinos, 54%. Some argue that these discriminatory patterns could be alleviated by stronger financial regulations and consumer protections. But Congress recently rolled back reporting requirements on loans for 85% of banks and credit unions, saying they were an undue burden on small community institutions. More here.

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Today - Sunday, June 24th: The Black Millennial Political Convention, which aims to increase engagement of Black millennials in the political sphere and shed a light on policy issues impacting black communities. This year’s theme is The Advocacy of Policy, Pipeline and Power for the People. Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, VA. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Saturday, June 23rd, 9:30A: Hispanic Bar Association of DC’s 2018 Latina Leadership Academy. Program to feature Melinda Molina, law professor and co-author of HNBA’s seminal national studies on Latinas in the legal profession. King & Spalding. 1700 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., DC. Contact Juan at juan.m.sempertegui@gmail.com or click here for more information.
Monday, June 25th - Tuesday, June 26th: IGNITE National’s 2018 Young Women Run. Congresswomen Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA)Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and others will train over 200 politically ambitious young women to run for office. AT&T Forum. 601 New Jersey Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information
Wednesday, June 27th, 8:30AThe Hill and The Hill Latino host their second annual "Latina Leaders Summit." Speakers include Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA), WH Director of Media Affairs Helen Aguirre Ferré, NPR's Lulu García-Navarro, and more. The Newseum. Knight Broadcast Studio. 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., DC. Click here to RSVP.
Wednesday, June 27th, 2P: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management holds an informational online presentation on their Pathways Programs, an initiative available to HBCU students and recent graduates searching for careers in Federal public service. Click here to register
Wednesday, June 27th, 5P: The Center on American Progress will host “Ending the War on Marijuana,” a live podcast with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Weldon Angelos, who was sentenced to 55 years as a first-time offender for marijuana sales, for a discussion on sentencing reform and the path forward for marijuana legalization. Moderated by CAP’s Michele Jawando and Igor Volsky. Click here to RSVP
Thursday, June 28th - Sunday, July 1st: The Color of Conversation Film Series. Program debuts with the documentary, MR. SOUL!, winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature at AFI DOCS 2018. Other highlights include festival favorite, BLINDSPOTTING; acclaimed documentary, MAYNARD; and Boots Riley's highly anticipated feature debut, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, with the filmmaker in attendance. AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Springs, MD. Click here for more information
Friday, July 6 - Thursday, July 12th: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 68th Boule. Houston, TX. Click here for more information.
Saturday, July 7th - Tuesday, July 10thUnidosUS’ 2018 Annual Conference. Speakers include Ilia Calderón, Co-Anchor of Noticiero Univisión, Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO of Voto Latino, among others. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, DC. Click here to register.
Thursday, July 12th - Friday, July 20th: March On Washington Film Festival. Click here for more information.
Saturday, July 14 - Wednesday, July 18th: NAACP’s 109th Annual Convention. Henry B. González Convention Center. San Antonio, TX. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, July 17th - Wednesday, July 18th: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 2018 National Women’s Conference. Phoenix. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, July 17th - Saturday, July 21st: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) 2018 National Convention and Expo. Phoenix. Click here for more information.
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22nd: The 2nd Annual Black Campaign School, hosted by The Collective. Atlanta, GA. Click here for information
Wednesday, July 18th - Saturday, 21st: NAHJ International Training Conference and Career Fair. InterContinental Miami Hotel. 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, August 1st - Saturday, August 4th: The National Urban League's 2018 Annual Conference “Save Our Cities: Powering the Digital Revolution.” Columbus, OH. Click here for more information and to register.
Wednesday, August 1st - Sunday, August 5th: NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI. Click here for more information
Monday, August 6th - Saturday, August 11th: 16th Annual Run&Shoot Filmworks Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, August 8th - Saturday, August, 11th: AAJA National Convention. Marriott Marquis Houston. 1777 Walker St., Houston, TX. Click here for more information.
Friday, August 17th - Sunday, August 19th: Martha’s Vineyard celebrates Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s (D-CA) 20 years of service. Special guests include House Assistant Minority Leader Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond (D-LA), and more. Harbor View Hotel, 131 North Water Street Edgartown, MA. Kelley House, 23 Kelley Street Edgartown, MA. Click here for more information.
Tuesday, September 11th - Wednesday, September 12th: CHCI's Annual Leadership Conference. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 13th: CHCI's 41st Annual Anniversary Awards Gala. Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. 901 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., DC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, September 12th - Saturday, September 16th: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 48th Annual Legislative Conference. Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 25th - Saturday, September 29th: NBMBAA 40th Annual Conference & Exposition. Detroit, MI. Click here for more information.
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